Sitting just one block back from the boulevard of Venice Beach is a former motel and late-night hangout spot that has welcomed everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Jim Morrison has now been reimagined into the perfect go-slow Californian beach pad.

Update: Unfortunately this hotel has permanently closed since we wrote this article.

The hotel is not your typical large chain hotel. With only 14 rooms, (seven of those are suites) the experience here is both intimate and laid-back back at the same time. Staying true to its motel past, a few of the rooms are perfectly suited to travellers on a budget. For a more luxurious option, choose either the Speedway, Abbot Kinney, Simpson or Pacific Penthouse with wraparound decks and fully-equipped kitchens with fridge, microwave, oven and stove.

All the rooms in The Rose are decorated in understated Americana style with a dose of mid-century modernism: whitewashed walls show off simply-framed modern art; polished wooden floors are scattered with hand-woven rugs; squashy armchairs are tucked into corners. General amenities include bathrobes, Aesop brand toiletries and free WiFi.

The Rose does a daily breakfast to set you up for a day’s beach exploration. Grab a seat at the long, communal table in the lobby and start your day off with local croissants and coffee. Otherwise, there is no bar, restaurant or room service on-site. However, the location means you are within walking distance to some of the coolest cafés and restaurants in Venice.

Get out and about

The hotel offers beach cruisers at $US10 a half day or $US20 for a full day, to scoot around the streets of Venice, or to make use of the twenty miles of coastal bike paths from Malibu to Manhattan Beach.


  • Air conditioning Air conditioning
  • Bicycle Hire Bicycle Hire
  • Essentials Essentials
  • Heating Heating
  • Spa facilities Spa facilities
  • Wi-Fi (free) Wi-Fi (free)
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Ocean views from the balcony
Entrance to the hotel from Rose street
The Rose Hotel
The breakfast room
One of the rooms in The Rose Hotel
Interior of one of the rooms in The Rose Hotel
Some of the interior details in the rooms
One of the larger suites with a fireplace
One of the suites in The Rose Hotel
Entrance to the hotel from Rose street
Outside the hotel on Rose street


The Rose Hotel sits only 10 metres from the boardwalk and Venice Beac. It is a 15-minute stroll to the independent shops of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and a further 30 minutes to Santa Monica and the famous Santa Monica Pier. We think The Rose is the perfect base to explore one of Los Angeles most walkable neighbourhoods.

How to get there

The hotel is a 25-minute drive from Los Angeles International airport. The hotel can arrange one-way Airport Transfers for around $US35. If you are planning to just stay around Venice Beach then you probably won't need a car, however, everyone drives in LA even if it's just down the road to the coffee shop, so if you are thinking about exploring a bit further afield, then we highly recommend car hire.

Address: 15 Rose Avenue, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA 90291, USA

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$230 /night